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Hotel Chamber Awards Nine For Tourism Contribution

At a ceremony last month, the Hellenic Hotel Chamber granted nine awards for significant contributions to tourism in Greece, in an award program first started in 2004. This year, a special committee selected individuals, businesses, initiatives and hotels that regardless of their...

Bankcards & Internet Portal Priorities for Hoteliers

Bankcards for members and an internet portal are among the priority plans presented by Andreas Andreadis, president of the newly elected board of the Panhellenic Federation of Hoteliers (POX).

Another Record Year for Blue Flags

This year 404 Greek beaches received Blue Flags, compared with 383 last year, placing Greece in second place among the 40 countries participating in the program. A total of 2,549 beaches around the world received Blue Flags, which means that for every six beaches Greece has one...

First Portal for Agro-Tourism

Agrotouristiki SA, the state corporation for alternative tourism development, created Greece's first internet portal on agro-tourism.

Arab-Hellenic Trade Relations Forum Set for September

The first forum, "Historic Relations and New Horizons for Cooperation," is being organized for September 14 and 15 by the Arab-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce & Development, and will be held in Athens.

Continued Upward Trend Forecasted for Tourism

The year 2005 was characterized as the turning point and the beginning of an upward trend for Greek tourism with incoming tourism increasing by about eight percent was the conclusion of the Institute for Tourism Research and Forecasts' (ITEP) recent study.

Qatar Airways Completes a Successful Year in Athens

Last month Qatar Airways, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, completed its first year of successful operations in Athens. The company's acceptance in the Greek market, by both individuals and travel agents, exceeded all expectations and is driving the company to boost...

The Human Factor in Tourism and Shipping

The human factor and the growth of tourism and shipping, two key aspects of the Greek economy, was the focus of IST/University of Hertfordshire's meeting last month. Professors Haris Kokkosis and Ioannis Tzoannos, each representing the ministry's they work for, pointed out the...

Starwood Chosen to Manage Astir Palace Hotel

Astir Palace's board of directors finally chose Starwood after an intense selection process that began with 20 proposals in September 2005. Starwood was among four companies short-listed, including Marriott, InterContinental and Accor.

Direct Flights from Athens to Montreal and Toronto

Air Transat is now offering direct flights from Athens to Montreal and Toronto once or twice a week (Monday and Friday) from May to November 6, 2006.

Monogram’s Staff Enjoy a Weekend Retreat

A positive atmosphere and lively crowd characterized Monogram Travel's successful weekend retreat for its staff held in Vrahati, Corinth. "Monogram employees are the key to the company's success," said Monogram President Dimitris Spyropoulos.

AirSea Lines Plans to Invest over 100 Million Euros

AirSea Lines representatives last month announced plans to invest over 100 million euros for the acquisition of 30 seaplanes to service its existing and newly planned bases in Greece.

Trinity To Offer M. Sc. Degree

Officials of Trinity International Hospitality Studies and U.S.-based Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) announced that they have agreed in principle to offer a Master of Science (M.Sc.) Degree in Hospitality Administration in Greece through Trinity's campus. This degree...

New Conference Center in Porto Heli

AKS hotel group celebrated its new conference center in Porto Heli with an opening ceremony last month. Menelaos Siakolas, president and managing director of AKS Hotels, said that the company recognized the importance of conference tourism and believed that their center will help...

Pro-Am Golf Tournament a Success

Aegean Airline's first Pro-Am golf tournament was held last month at the Crete Golf Club in Hersonissos, an 18-hole championship desert course. Competitors for the 36-hole tournament came from 13 countries. Fifty-one teams, comprised of one professional and three amateur players...

Delta’s New Daily Direct Flight to Atlanta

Last month, Delta began its daily direct flights to Atlanta International Airport in the south-eastern U.S., the airline's most important hub and the largest airport hub in the world. This flight gives passengers countless convenient connections to destinations to more than 200...

Corfu Hosted Inflatable Boat Races

With numerous successes under its belt in organizing boat races, the island of Corfu once again took on the task of organizing and presenting the Panhellenic Inflatable Boat Races last month.

Princess Cruises To Embark From Piraeus in Spring 2007

S Cruiseplan, said, "will give Greeks the opportunity to escape completely from their daily routine."

Domotel Celebrates Opening of Xenia Volou

Last month, Domotel celebrated the opening of its newest acquisition, the five-star Xenia Volou on the coast of Volos. This is the only hotel in the city that can host large conferences thanks to its facilities and modern technology, services, rooms and suites that meet the...

Cosmopolitan Mykonos Entices Discerning Travelers

The brilliant-white, cube-shaped homes and bluegreen seas of Mykonos island are among the most popular images of Greece's island tourism.